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I am a transfer student.Bright
I am a transfer student. I know I sat here and read a million reviews. I must admit first-hand, EVERYONE HAS A DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE. And most people who have a negative experience typically like to vocalize it. That's why half of the reviews on this site for most of the colleges on this site show almost 50% negative reviews. Happy students dont go online to complain.

NOW, College of Charleston is spectacular. Its as academically challenging as you make it. Pick easy classes, or go pre-med (be warned, organic chem does not curve). Its as socially stimulating as you make it. Its as fun as you make it. Its as enriching as you make it. Its as rewarding as you make it.

With regards to the student body, there is a pretty massive out-of-state population. Stereotypically they are wealthy, educated white kids from the Northeast. Kids from up north love this place, and admissions from the Northeast are the most competitive. For a state-school, theres quite a lot of students from very very wealthy backgrounds. As an out of state student, I have noticed, dare I say, an academic gap. Between in-state and out-of-state students. You may have a very intelligent kid from a new england boarding school, sitting in class next to a complete idiot redneck from middle-of-nowhere south carolina who was 3rd in his graduating class but only got a 1020 on his SATs. My point is, there are in-state kids who would have never been admitted in a million years if they werent from SC.

In general, the college lacks diversity. But I must admit it is improving.
The City of Charleston is incredible. If you don't seize the opportunities it has to offer, than its your own fault.

Also, this campus is gorgeous. And I dont mean just the buildings. There must be a photo required on applications. Everyone here is beautiful, the Greeks are beautiful, the athletes are beautiful, the nerds are beautiful, the hipsters are beautiful, the artsy kids are beautiful. Virtually every student from any walk of life is attractive. Expect your self esteem to take a hit upon move-in day. But dont fret, this campus is insanely friendly. There are rules down here in the south, you hold the door for people, you smile, you say please and thank you. Basic rules. And you will follow them. Thats what makes this campus and this city so incredible.

For athletics, we have excellent teams that dont really matter. Our Soccer, Golf, Baseball, and Sailing teams are typically among the best in the nation. Our basketball team is mediocre at best, despite the fact that the school pumps an insane amount of money into it.

And we dont have football. Get over it. If you choose a school based off of 8 tailgates/homegames a year, go hang out with the idiots at USC. If you want to go to a football game from CofC, USC is 1.5 hrs away and Clemson is 3. I've gone to games. There awesome. But having this incredible school in this most-incredible city every single day is a much better investment.

Come here. It will change your life.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2015
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Useful Schoolwork: B-
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UPSIDES:Quite BrightEnglish
UPSIDES:
This is a great mid-sized liberal arts school where there is a lot of space to grow and shape your future with you in complete control. Charleston is a visually beautiful city (pastel houses and azaleas everywhere!) with a steadily growing fine arts, fashion and independent music scene. The city is very welcoming to college students of the undergrad and graduate type. The school is easy to navigate as the campus is condensed to a mere 7-8 blocks of the city. The school is also generous with scholarship and grant money. There are many work study and on campus job opportunities that are flexible and well paying for those that are looking for them. There are 21 major student organizations on campus and 64 smaller ones. If you are into greek life its relevant on campus but if you aren't rest assured you will not be in a minority if you are not too hot on that deal. College of Charleston's campus is safe with public safety officers on duty all around, note the actual campus is safe not the city of Charleston, these officers can only take care of you ON CAMPUS. Oh yeah moderately warm weather during the school year if you are looking for that kind of thing and a 10 minute drive to the nearest beach and hundreds of great uniquely Charleston restaurants, shops, gardens, museums and historic sites if you are also into those things.

DOWNSIDES:
Some of the stubborn faculty you will run into once you declare a major and commit to a department. Some faculty tend to say racist, classist, sexist comments in order to discourage students from taking certain courses or picking up certain minors or even looking at certain graduate schools! Not every faculty member or professor is as supportive as they should be, or respectful to students' personal choices and decisions. You will come across at least one if not two assistant professors or advisors or head's of departments that will try to turn your plans from what you want help or advice to do into what they would rather see you doing. Stick to your intuition! Don't be discouraged!

Other downsides include a close minded predominately upper middle class, white, female, able bodied, heterosexist/hetero-normative and Christian campus. Cultural, Religious, Class and Racial Diversity is HIGHLY lacking at College of Charleston and this causes underrepresentation across the board. It also its the root of far too many micro-aggressions (some macro aggressions too) that make attending the school EXTREMELY unpleasant if you don't fit into 5 of the 6 categories above.

The out of state fees are a common complaint because of the lack of state scholarship money (a possible $14,500) these students are not eligible for in addition to nearly 12,000 diff in tuition for instate and out of state.The biggest downside about College of Charleston is the apathy of the students. The majority of students are not motivated to achieve greatness, create social change, improve anything or work creatively towards anything positive. Very few students are hardworking intellectuals that are supportive of their peers who are also bettering themselves. The slacker population is high at CofC which is surprising because every year the incoming classes are filled with more and more high achieving individuals.

2nd Year Female -- Class 2015
University Resource Use/ spending: A+, Innovation: C-
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I just transferred here from a previous institutionBrightUndecided
I just transferred here from a previous institution and I can say that I have never made a better decision. To many of you who are reading this and trying to have an understanding about this school, you must visit and stay with a friend overnight to see if it is the social scene for you. What people fail to remember is that we are located in the most beautiful city, and the beach is just a drive away. Seriously... what can get better then that? Being a transfer student, I feel like I have more of an understanding of what to look for in a school. The students are generally really nice and approachable, you just need to join clubs and make friends that way. Not everyone is going to be nice, but that is just how the world is.

NIGHTLIFE: You can easily find a great pregame and people usually go to the bars afterwards. What was the best thing to me about this school is EVERY PRE GAME IS FREE. I know many people are thinking "isn's that how every college is", but in fact it is not at all. At the same time, if you are a Freshman you will most likely be going to pregames and then the bars every weekend. However, once you meet your group of friends and have a house your Sophmore year; you will see how many more parties there are if you are not feeling the bar scene.

CAMPUS: What can I not say about Charleston? I live in the North and I attended school there at my previous college. All of my old friends who see my pictures on Facebook are putting in applications to transfer here! It is such a gorgeous city, with so many different things to do each day. Mostly Freshman transfer out of this school, and once they do they 100% regret it. This is because they become used to this gorgeous school and weather; and they start to take it for granted.

SPORTS/CLUBS: At my old school, they had no clubs and sports really. It was a D1 school and they did not have a lot to offer. This school literally has every club you can think of. I am currently in Biology Club ( no interest in science), but we go on hiking trips, and are going on a kayaking trip soon! In addition, they have a water sports club where you can go to the beach and wakeboard/wakerski--or even just lounge on the beach. They also have the typical sports such as basketball, lacrosse etc. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS. Many people don't join clubs and they fail to attain the full college experience, my advice is join as many things as you can! The busier your schedule is the better.

OVERALL: Overall this school is actually perfect for me. I've met many transfer students here who have transferred from ( Penn State, Albany, Fairfield...etc) and they absolutely love this school. It is February and I've already been to the beach a few times! Especially from coming from the north, you realize how amazing this is. Especially when the warm weather is around, you can easily find kegs & eggs parties and keg parties. But don't loose sight in what is really important: your education. I had a 3.9 at my old school, and coming here was a huge adjustment. You feel like you are on vacation because it is so beautiful and there is so much to do. As long as you have your priorities straight, and stick to a schedule--you will get a lot out of this school academically.

1st Year Female -- Class 2014
University Resource Use/ spending: A+, Useful Schoolwork: C+
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